Lively Middle School

August 5, 2022

Greetings Falcon Nation,


The first day of school is a little over a week away, and I can feel the butterflies already starting to swarm in my stomach! Butterflies or not, I am so excited to see more of our Falcons on the first day, Monday, August 15th. While we have not officially started school yet, we had a ton of events and activities at Lively. Over 200 new 6th graders attended Transition Camp and over 250 families came for backpacks, popsicles with the Principal, and schedule pick-up. On Monday, August 8th, our teachers come back and they will be getting classrooms ready for our Falcons. We could use your help welcoming our teachers on Monday. Please have your child record a welcome back video on Flip Grid: https://flip.com/8efdc21c.

Scan the QR Code to Access the 22-23 Student & Parent Handbook

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Lively MS School Start/End Time & Drop-off/Pick-up Procedures

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  • The Building will open at 8:00 a.m. to receive students. Students must have their phones put away and on silent from 8:00 a.m. to 3:50 p.m.

  • Free Daily Breakfast is available in the cafeteria starting at 8:00 a.m.

  • A warning bell will ring at 8:15 a.m. signaling students to move to 1st period/2nd period class that starts at 8:20 a.m.

  • School starts at 8:20 a.m. and ends at 3:50 p.m.

  • Students are counted tardy at 8:20 a.m.

  • Drop-off & Pick-up on Mary St. side of school ONLY

  • Drop-off and pick-up is one lane ONLY. Please pull all the way forward.

  • Follow all instructions from campus staff and campus police.

  • Students should exit cars on the passenger side (right- side) of the vehicle.

  • Students should have all items ready when dropping off and picking up from school.

  • Bus lane is on the Leland St. side of the school.

  • Do NOT park on curb in areas marked “No Parking” on Mary St. and Brackenridge (see map above)

  • Do NOT block bus lanes on Leland St. from 7:20 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Do NOT use Leland St. parking lot to pick up students please use Mary St. side

  • Communicate with your child about pick-up location and time.

  • Consider picking-up your child several minutes after peak dismissal time. Peak dismal time is from 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

  • Carpool to reduce traffic during peak hours.


If you need to pick-up your child early or drop-off items in the front office, please use the Leland St. entrance and call box for assistance. All visitors must check-in to the front office. For the safety of all students on campus DO NOT ask or direct students to open locked doors. All visitors must use Leland St. entrance and ring call box for entry. Visitor parking available on Leland St. parking lot. Leland St. parking lot has available parking spots for staff and visitors. Please DO NOT park in staff spots. Additional Staff parking is available on Mary St.


Why do drop off and pick-up procedures matter?

The ultimate goal is to make sure all of our students and their families are safe. Please be patient, respectful, and alert.


We want you to get to know us and hope you will spend some time reading our administrative and counseling team’s bios below. Enjoy!

Principal Dr. Holiday Bio

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I am the proud Principal of Lively Middle School. I am originally from El Paso, Texas and came to this area on a volleyball scholarship from Texas State University in San Marcos. At Texas State, I earned a degree in Education with a specialization in the areas of Math and Science for grades 4-8. I have a Master's degree in Educational Administration from Concordia University Texas. Recently I received my doctoral degree in School Improvement with a dissertation topic of trauma-informed care in middle schools and the impact on at-risk student suspensions. I am married and have two beautiful children ages 10 and 11, and I love spending time with them. I have 18 years of experience working with middle school students and believe that all students have the potential to do great things and make a difference. My favorite quote and philosophy of education is "if students do not learn the way you teach, teach the way they learn." I am driven by my passion for motivating middle school students and providing them with unique meaningful learning experiences. I am looking forward to this school year and know that all of our Falcons will do amazing things this year.


Magnet Director Bio

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My name is Shayna Tipton, and it is my honor and privilege to serve the Lively community as Magnet Director. I have spent the last three years serving as Lively’s Instructional Coach, where I worked alongside students, teachers, administrators, and families to increase rigor and programming alignment within the Falcon Magnet and Dual Language programs. I have spent my entire educational career serving Title 1 schools, with a focus on building equitable systems and closing achievement gaps. With 9 years of experience in education, I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Middle Grades English Education from Saint Leo University and a Master’s of Education in Administration from Lamar University. In my free time, I enjoy spending time reading and being outdoors with my 10 year old daughter.

Principal Intern Bio

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My name is Lauren Hollander and I am beyond excited to serve as the principal resident this fall at Lively Middle School. I am in the graduate program at The University of Texas and will be here every day with our students. I’ve been an elementary teacher in Austin ISD for the past 13 years and my passions are SEL and individualized instruction, so I can’t wait to be in classrooms and seeing the kids thriving in middle school. When I’m not working, I love to spend time with my two boys, go hiking, read, and be creative.

6th Grade AP Bio

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My name is Sarah Tanner, and I am so excited to be the 6th grade Assistant Principal this year! It brings me so much joy to welcome our new Falcons to the 2022-23 school year. Middle school is a special time, and I love supporting our students and families as they go from sixth grade to eighth grade. As a former middle school Science teacher, nothing brings me more joy than seeing students engaging in their learning through hands-on experiences. This is my fourth year at Lively, my eleventh year in AISD, and my sixteenth year in education- all of which have been in middle school! Outside of school I enjoy hiking, running, reading, and spending time with my own kiddos and family.


7th Grade AP Bio

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My name is Jessica Jordan and I am honored to serve as the 7th grade Assistant Principal at Lively Middle School for the 2022-2023 school year. This is my second year at Lively and my 16th year in public school education. No matter my role, I always return to my core values including the idea that education is a social right-- not a privilege. Education is the great equalizer, an instrument to change the world. Thank you for providing me this opportunity to partner with you in giving our students what each and every one of them deserve—a top-quality, rigorous education and social emotional learning that will prepare them well for success in college, the workforce, and life. When I’m not at work, my favorite activities include spending time with my family, watching movies, reading, hiking, and traveling. I can be reached during the school year at jessica.l.jordan@austinisd.org.

8th Grade AP Bio

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My name is John Neeley. I am currently the 8th grade assistant principal at Lively Middle School.I come from the Rio Grande Valley and eventually made my way to Texas A&M University. I taught for over 10 years in the classroom at both Martin/Bedichek Middle School. All of my experience has been at the middle school level. Middle School is my passion, my calling. My long term goal is to earn my PHD in education and continue to make a difference in the lives of my students. My favorite hobby in the world is to be daddy to my three children: Madeleine, Marion, and Patrick. This upcoming year will be my 3rd year at Lively Middle School.

6th Grade Counselor Bio

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My name is Judi Yapias, and I am excited to be Lively’s 6th grade counselor for a second year! In my educational career, I taught Study Skills and French for 1 year in Iowa City, IA and spent 5 years teaching 6th grade English and Reading in San Antonio, TX. In May 2021, I graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with an M. Ed in School Counseling and received my License Professional Counselor-Associate.


My role as your student’s counselor is to support their social, emotional, and mental health as well as guide them in their academic planning. I do this by providing psychoeducation on understanding emotions, learning about our brains, coping with stress, interpersonal communication, and other skills to support your middle schooler through all the emotions and changes that they are experiencing.


Outside of work, you might find me kayaking, practicing mindfulness, being a dog mom, dancing, traveling, and enjoying food and spending time with friends and family.


7th Grade Counselor Bio

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Hello Falcon Families! My name is Domonique James and I will serve as the 7th grade counselor for the 2022-2023 school year. I am an alumnus of Jackson State University in Mississippi and Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio. I started my education career as a high school disciplinarian and later moved into special education. This is my third year as a counselor and second year at Lively Middle School. My skill set includes but is not limited to; relationship building, instructional programming, and human behavior and performance. I continue to have a growth mindset, understanding that each student I encounter is different from the next, and every day starts a new slate. Outside of education, I enjoy visiting family in Chicago, trying new restaurants, and traveling the world. I look forward to working with the Lively community for this upcoming school year.

8th Grade Counselor Bio

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It is such a pleasure to be able to introduce myself as one of the counselors at Lively Middle School. My name is Michelle Garcia and this school year will be my 4th here at Lively and I’m excited this is the group of 6th graders I met in the middle of the COVID mess, and we made it. We’ve had a tough start to middle school but look at them now - all grown up as 8th graders. We have had a beautiful journey together. So VERY proud of each one of our 8th graders. This group is amazing.

I’ve been in education for over 27 years. Most of my time has been in middle school as a Science teacher and now as a Counselor. My alma mater is the University of Houston where I spent many years getting my bachelors and masters. I have 5 bonus grandchildren with the oldest being a freshman in high school and the youngest being a 2nd grader. My husband and I have our furry child - Dahlia who is a miniature poodle. I have two children, both boys, and three bonus children. Excited because my oldest son is getting married this coming October.


When I’m not up at school I’m usually at a baseball game, soccer game, football game or trying to find a good book to dig into in my “free time”

First day reminders

  • Advisory rosters will be posted throughout the school so students can look up their Advisory teacher if they were not able to see their schedule.

  • All students will go to their advisory class at the beginning of the day on the 1st and 2nd day of school. Their advisory teacher will give them their schedule.

  • Cell phones are not allowed on campus. If a student has a device, it must be turned off and stored in their backpack or pocket from 8:00 a.m.-3:50 p.m. If a student is using a device, it will be collected and given to the assistant principal.

  • If your child is riding the bus, please review with them their bus number prior to the 1st day of school.

Bell Schedule

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School Supply List

Supplies will be collected in the student’s Advisory class the first two days and in the front office throughout the school year. The general supplies (see supply list below) are shared supplies just like in elementary school. Specific teachers may ask for specific supplies for their class and students will be made aware of those supplies the first week of school. If you are having trouble with finding any supplies please contact our Parent Support Specialist, Ms. Mariana Figueroa at mariana.figueroa@austinisd.org for assistance.


Lively School Supply List

In order to be prepared for the school year, all students will need the following supplies. On the first day of classes each teacher will provide a syllabus with specific class needs.

An AISD-issued chromebook or laptop with access to wifi to access BLEND and class content.

5-100 page composition books

2- package of 12 pencils

1- package of 12 colored pencils

1-package of 10 thin markers

1-package of blue pens

1- package of red pens

1- package of black pens

4-plastic two pocket brad folders

1-package of 500 sheets notebook paper

4-glue sticks

1- personal pencil sharpener

1-multicolor package of 6 highlighters

1-bottle of hand sanitizer

1-box of Kleenex

1-package of disinfectant wipes

1-ream of white paper

Summer Project

All Magnet students are required to complete a summer project. Magnet Summer projects are all available online on our website. Magnet projects are due the first month of school. If students have not yet completed their projects, their ELAR and Social Studies teachers will work with them to finish it within the first month of school.

Bus Information

Families interested in specific AISD bus route information may call AISD’s Transportation Department between 7:45 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday at 512-414-0238. Families also may call dispatchers at AISD's bus terminals for information about the routes for their respective schools after 4:30 a.m., Monday through Friday:

Nelson Bus Terminal in Northeast Austin: 512-414-6520

Saegert Bus Terminal in Southwest Austin: 512-414-6500

Southeast Bus Terminal: 512-414-8510


To find your student's bus stop, please use our bus stop finder utility. Enter your student's home address and find the closest AISD bus stop.


You may also contact the Lively Middle School front office for school specific bus questions and concerns at 512-414-3207. We can also provide bus route information and issue bus passes for special circumstances. The campus point of contact for bus inquiries is Jessica Jordan, 7th Grade Assistant Principal at jessica.l.jordan@austinisd.org.

Vaccinations & Lively Health Room

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Important Reminders

  • The First Day of School is August 15th

  • Students can access schedules online on August 11th by going to the student portal.

  • Lively Office Hours are Monday - Friday from 7:30 a.m. to - 4:30 p.m.

  • All students should bring a refillable water bottle to school every day.

  • It is highly recommended that students bring a sack lunch on the first day of school as the line can be long as our cafeteria staff adjusts to the influx of students eating in the cafeteria.


That’s all for now! Be on the lookout for next week's newsletter, scheduled for Friday, August 12th, with additional information and helpful tips before the first day of school. Please stay cool, hydrated, and get some rest!


Dr. Stacie Holiday, Principal


Transition Camp

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New Teacher Orientation

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